Perth Winter Festival 2018 / 2019

One of Scotland’s favourite Winter destinations, Perth City Centre is a popular choice for shopping, eating out and being entertained! Perth Winter Festival calendar of events runs from Hallowe’en in October to Chinese New Year in February and brings with it a seasonal extravaganza of markets, shows, family fun and cultural events.

What’s On

Join us as we switch on the lights of Scotland’s newest city and celebrate with live music, a chocolate festival and a cultural event for the entire community – Perth Winter Festival has something for everyone!

Think everything from foodie fountains to knitters circles, singing brownies to chart-topping stars. While you’re here, why not stop for a bite of lunch, take part in one of the fantastic markets on offer or book into one of the spectacular Christmas shows, pantos or concerts?!

City of Perth Halloween | 27th Oct
City of Perth Halloween Night -Saturday 27 October, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Horsecross Plaza and King Edward Street, Perth

Back for another year zombies, ghosts, and creepy crawlies will come out of the woodwork for free Halloween entertainment where the crowd become part of the performance. Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume, and join in the parade from Horsecross Plaza, or if you’re feeling particularly brave try your luck in the misty maze and the zombie run.

Find out more about Perth’s Halloween Party.

Other Halloween celebrations happening around the city include:
Halloween Flag Making – Saturday 13 October, various times, Perth Civic Hall

Come and join us and Zero Waste Scotland to make your very own Halloween flag. Lots of recycled materials are available, but feel free to bring along any scraps that you would like to include in your creation! Show off your masterpiece by taking part in Perth’s Halloween parade on 27th October! 25 free spaces are available in each workshop. First come first served on the day!

Halloween 2018 – Friday 19 October, Perth Playhouse

Lovers of horror films are working themselves into lather over the release of the new Halloween film which is set 40 years after the original which first introduced the terrifying character of Michael Myers. This time Jamie Lee Curtis’s character is prepared and adamant that she’s going to kill him! Not to be missed …

Perth: No Fair City – Thursday 25 October & Saturday 27 October, 4:30 pm, Waterstones, Perth

Meet the author and hear dark tales of Perth’s past.

Beetlejuice 2 – Friday 26 October, Perth Playhouse

A follow-up to the 1988 comedy, ‘Beetlejuice’, about a ghost who’s recruited to help haunt a house.

History and Horror Tour of Perth – Friday 26 October, 8:00 pm

Tour commences from Horsecross Plaza. Limited free places. Get tickets here.

Victorian Style Seance – Friday 26 October, 8:00 pm, Effie’s Tearoom

Set in the stylish surroundings of one of Perth’s famous tearooms, experience magic and suspense of a Victorian Style Séance with hopefully visits from the ‘Spirits of Old Perth’s Limited free places.

Mini – ghost hunt/investigation – Friday 26 October, 10:00 pm, Effie’s Tearoom

Set in the stylish surroundings of one of Perth’s famous tearooms, experience a mini-investigation and ghost hunt as it

The Spirits of Scone – Thursday 25 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 October, Scone Palace 

Why not round up your most fearless of friends and make your way to the Spirits of Scone, a fright-fest like no other! The nights are getting dark, and the grounds will be transformed into a truly terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks.


40th Perth Strathearn Round Table Charity Bonfire Night | 5th Nov
Monday 5 November, bonfire lit at 7.00 pm, South Inch, Perth

This annual charity bonfire and fireworks night is organised by volunteers from Perth Strathearn Round Table for the local community. The bonfire is lit from 7.00pm, with local bands on stage to  entertain the crowds, as well as the spectacle of the fireworks themselves. The event is free to attend, but all donations are welcome to raise funds for charity.

For more information, including contact details to become a volunteer, visit:

Perth Christmas Market | 16th Nov – 2nd Dec
17 November – 2 December, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Perth city centre

The unique shopping atmosphere of a Christmas market comes to Perth for two weeks. With a range of stallholders offering gift ideas and treats it’s the perfect place to come for festival shopping.

Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market | 24 - 25th Nov
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm, Civic Hall, 2 High Street, Perth

Buy your high quality handmade artisan Christmas presents directly from the maker. Meet local artists and designer-makers as they showcase and sell their work at the annual Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market.

Perth Lantern Parade and Nativity Scene | 1st Dec

Saturday 1 December, from 5.00 pm, Perth city centre

A lantern parade involving school pupils, churches and community groups. There will be daytime workshops to make your own lantern, before you participate in this parade through the city centre

Lantern Parade

  • Gather at St Ninians Church from 16.30 onwards with Carol singing & the Switch on of the St Ninians Nativity scene at 16.50
  • Lantern Parade with Perth Pipe Band to take place at 17.00 hrs from St Ninians Church to St Johns Kirk (North Methven Street to Kirkside via High Street & King Edward Street)

Carol Singing

  • Switch on of the St Johns Nativity scene at 17.15 (outdoor) followed by Community Carol Singing at the Kirkside with Perthshire Brass Band


Perth Santa Run | 8th Dec
Saturday 8 December, 12 noon, Perth City Centre

Santa Claus is most definitely coming to town this December, when hundreds of costumed runners will once again travel to Perth for the annual Perth Santa Run. This is a jolly 5k fun run taking runners through the streets of the city centre, across the River Tay and back on to the North Inch. All runners will receive a full Santa outfit to run in, and keep for their own, as well as a finisher’s medal (which can double up as a Christmas decoration), mince pies and more. And, if you keep your Santa outfit on as you shop, you may receive a special gift or discount from city centre businesses.

Pitlochry New Year Street Party | 1st Jan 19
Tuesday 1 January, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Atholl Road, Pitlochry

Enjoy a real community New Year party in the beautiful Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry. Join in the fun with the pipe band, ceilidh dancing in the street, children’s entertainment, food and mulled wine. Entry to the party is free, with funds raised from donations for the food and drink, and raffle ticket sales.

Perth "Robert Burns Celebration | 26th - 27th Jan
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January, Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights. On Saturday 26 there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to Norie Miller Park.
Perth Farmers' Market | 3rd Nov
Saturday 3 November  9.00 am – 2.00 pm, King Edward Street, Perth

Around 50 stalls selling local seasonal produce. Most suppliers also take orders for Christmas, so have a browse for what you want to see as part of your festive banquet. For more information, including supplier contact details, visit

Perth Christmas Lights Switch On & Festive Feast | 17th & 18th Nov
When the nights come in, Perth Winter Festival comes alive. Celebrate with us at Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party.

Make your way to the bustling centre of our compact city for street entertainers, reindeer, fun fair rides, live music and more. All surrounded by the best independent retailers ready to help you kick start your Christmas shopping experience.

Saturday 17 November

Christmas Lights Switch-On Fun Day

From 2.00 pm until late wherever you turn in the centre of Perth you’ll discover something new. Tasty treats and street food to tempt the tastebuds, and free entertainment to watch as you enjoy.

Three stages of singing, dancing and festive fun are spread out across the city streets – Tay Street, King Edward Street and Horsecross Plaza – featuring big name stars and exciting performances to suit audiences of all ages.

Explore the ice caves, watch in amazement as toy-themed ice sculptures are created before your eyes, and marvel at the future of entertainment with Titan the Robot.

Christmas Parade

Led by Santa the Christmas Parade starts from Thimblerow at 5.30pm, before making its way to South Street/Speygate and then on to the Tay Street main stage for the official switch-on.

The Light Switch-On and Fireworks

At 6.15pm the lights will be switched on by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, who will be joined on stage by a host of stars and special guests. Provost Melloy will press the big red button to trigger the festive lights, followed by an impressive fireworks display over the River Tay.

Sunday 18 November

Perth Festive Feast

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Treats for the ears and the tastebuds on Sunday 18 November when the Perth Festive Feast returns to the city centre.

More live music and entertainment on the King Edward Street and Horsecross Plaza stages to entertain visitors to the Perth Festive Feast, offering a scrumptious Christmassy spread of cake, soup, chocolate, and gin.

Perthshire Winter Cakefest

One of the highlights of 2017, Cakefest returns to Perth for a second year with:

  • an even bigger fully edible map of Perth and Kinross
  • a brand new look and design of the edible map background to our Perth and Kinross cake landmarks, including an edible Santa and sleigh, edible Christmas presents and edible Christmas trees.

All featuring creations lovingly baked by community groups and individuals, and ready for you to taste. Want to join in? Find out more about Cakefest here.

The Great Perthshire ‘Zuppa’ Soup finale

The shortlisted entries for the annual Great Perthshire Soup Competition, hosted by local social enterprise Giraffe, will be calling for your votes. From complex spices to real rib-sticking broths this is your chance to choose Perthshire’s soup-making champion of 2018.

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November

Perth Chocolate and Gin Street Fest

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Running on Saturday, and on Sunday as part of the Perth Festive Feast, this is a unique celebration of all things chocolate and gin is the perfect place to visit for special Christmas gifts and a treat or two (go on, we won’t tell).

The gin is strictly for the grown-ups, but there’s also lots to see and do for the family, with chocolate making experiences, cooking demonstrations, and chocolate in all forms to admire and taste.

Perth Christmas Street Market

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Adding to Perth’s existing array of independent shopping experiences, the Perth Christmas Street Market will bring even more choice to gift buyers. Whatever your gift buying requirements this festive season, Perth is the place to find a unique and thoughtful present.

For more information, and details of where to stay and what else is going on in Perth and Kinross this Winter visit

Fair City Market | 24th Nov
Saturday 24 November, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm, Perth city centre

Enjoy browsing a wide variety of stalls at this great mixed market. Stallholders will have a range of items on offer including arts, crafts, jewellery, gifts, paintings, woodworks, quality food and drink, seasonal goods, and even Christmas trees. For more information visit

St Andrew’s Weekend | 2nd Dec
St Andrew’s Day Scottish Festival

Sunday 2 December, 12 noon – 4.00 pm, Perth city centre

Enjoy live music and entertainment with a Scottish focus while you browse the St Andrew’s Fusion Market – offering a blend of Scottish food, drink and other goods, alongside elements of the Romanian market from the day before.

Perth Farmers' Market | 1st Dec
Saturday 1 December, 9.00 am – 2.00 pm, King Edward Street, Perth

Around 50 stalls selling local seasonal produce. Most suppliers also take orders for Christmas, so have a browse for what you want to see as part of your festive banquet. For more information, including supplier contact details, visit

Comrie's Hogmanay Flambeaux | 31st Dec
Monday 31 December, midnight, Comrie

Celebrate the coming of the New Year in impressive fashion at the traditional Comrie Flambeaux parade. Flambeaux torches are paraded around the village preceded by a pipe band, and followed by a fancy dress parade. The torches are then cast into the River Earn.

Perth Riverside Light Nights | 26th Jan - 10th Feb
Saturday 26 January – Sunday 10 February, from 6.00 pm

Brighten up those winter nights with one of the high points of the Perth City Centre calendar – the return of the Perth Riverside Light Nights. Following a variety of themes visit the winter wonderland at Norie Miller Park on the banks of the River Tay to enjoy spectacular lighting and entertainment to chase away those January/February blues.

Perthshire Chinese New Year | 2nd Feb
On Saturday 2 February follow the dragons, dancing lions, lanterns and fire crackers as they lead the Perthshire Chinese Community parade through the city centre in this celebration of Chinese New Year.

Getting Here

Perth’s stunning location on the River Tay puts Perth at the very heart of Scotland’s public transport network. With regular bus and rail services to destinations across Scotland.

By Car

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.

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By Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

By Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes.Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Things to Do

When it comes to “things to do”, Perthshire has an enviable reputation for offering it all. You can seek adventure or relaxation in Highland Perthshire, top up on shopping and culture in our towns – and city! – or delve into the past with our huge number of historical attractions. There are gardens to explore, lochs to sail on and trails to walk.

Perthshire is also known as Scotland’s larder, so it’s no coincidence that so many of the country’s award-winning hotels and restaurants are located here. We’re also known for our fun-filled events, from music festivals to foodie feasts and family fun days.

And Perthshire is centrally located, so it’s easy to get here. Hop on a train or bus, jump in the car, bring your bikes, scooters and kayaks – it won’t take long and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.


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